Chapter 3a: Planet Gaus – The Beginning

The Garden Story: Back in the days of old, the planet Gaus was young and a lot more unsettled than it is now. The lava bubbled and spewed forth from still active volcanoes. There were not yet any settlement, let alone any countries. However, oceans and lakes began to fill in as the planet began cooling down and becoming more settled.

One particular place on Gaus known as “The Garden” was a tropical paradise of sorts maintained by invisible spiritual caretakers. It was a sheltered area with lush plants and giant mosses. The garden was located at the center of a region known as the “Planetic Ombryo” which was about 10,000 square miles in area . Lakes which  contained soupy mixtures of minerals and amino acids ranging in area from a few square feet to hundreds of square miles dotted the area. In a few scattered areas giant bubbles would gently belch to the lake’s surface burst releasing fluid-like gases of magic and energy. These fluid-like gases would gently rise a short distance and then gently descend like a slow-moving waterfall. When it made contact with the lake’s surface, it would gently spread itself out like a thin film on the water’s surface and gradually be absorbed by the water.

During the evening, there were luminescent creatures with a bright yellow-green glow that would crawl out of there up onto dry land to chew on the lush vegetation. Other luminescent creatures of different colors (neon blue and pink) also shared this area.

The Garden
The Garden

Other assorted lifeforms included colonies of mutant Volvox, ever on the hunt for smaller protozoa along with colonies of mutant Rotifers and giant colonies of protozoa (adapted to a semi-terrestrial lifestyle) with their flagella waving in the moist evening air catching the occasional tiny leaf-hoppers. There were also a few varieties of simple insects. In some of the ponds scattered about, the occasional glowing newt winking its eyes and nodding its head also crawled onto shore.

The garden itself took up about half the area within the Planetic Ombryo. Outside the garden, the vegetation gradually merged with the rest of the vegetation of the Ombryo. The climate gradually become more and more like the temperate surrounding area until it was indistinguishable from the outside on the periphery. However, even from the day of creation, its existence was destined to only be temporary. The Ombryo outside the garden was slowly shrinking and merging with the outside region. As the region outside the garden shrunk, the garden itself was also affected. As the outer region of the Ombryo infiltrated the periphery of the garden, the sheltered tropic zone was also shrinking. Thus like a newly formed lake, from the day of creation, the garden was destined to slowly die out.

The tropical vegetation and animals would gradually die out as well, replaced by plants and animals from the outside that would move in. Inside some of the  lakes on the border areas, some of the colonies of protozoa were also undergoing changes. Some of the ancestors of the mutant clones would spring from the Ombryo and begin their ascent up the evolutionary ladder. Others however, would be brought here artificially.

But for the time being, if you were in the central area of the garden, the rhythm of the days and nights seemed unchanging and in balance. The water that evaporated from the lakes was replaced by local thunderstorms or underground aquifers.

As time went on, changes began to occur in the lifeforms. As changes occurred in the landscape, mutations started to appear. Some of the old ones gradually became more adapted to living exclusively on land and adjusting to the changing climate.

After the disintegration of the Ombryo, other changes were taking place. This was during the time of the great geologic changes taking place that were setting the stage for the geography of the present day countries. The enchanted areas with the lost written records would not come until well into the future.

In the period following the disintegration, there was a noticeable change of seasons that started to appear in the former ombryo for the first time. It was during this time that dinosaurs would slowly start to evolve. The little fluorescent night crawlers started to seek each other out and clump together in large glowing masses. During the process the characteristic greenish-yellow (and other color) florescent glow began to gradually fade out. A hard brown exoskeleton started to appear on the outer surface.

The evolution of these fluorescent clumps appeared to be self-directed as though it operated in its own little world. As time went on, the hard brown exoskeleton covered the entire surface. Little isopods (similar to pillbugs) began to slowly break loose from the mass and drop down scurrying on the forest floor.